After my triumph with my Twenties Hat, where the image that was in my head more or less translated exactly into reality, I had a sad failure yesterday. This:
See, I was walking to work on Friday when I passed a girl unlocking her bike. She had a crochet hat - a snugly-fitting, beanie-style hat that had a ripple pattern, starting with a five or six-pointed star shape. I paused momentarily to gawp but she was already hopping on her bike - and she was gone.
"Darn it!" I thought. "I wanted to have a good look at her hat!"
I'm not really sure about the etiquette of hat-hijacking: "Oi! You on the bike! 'Scuse me, can I borrow your headgear so I can figure out how to make it?" seems the most direct, but possibly also the most disconcerting approach. Never mind, I thought, I'll probably never see her again.
But I did! She sped past me about two hours later and this time I had my arm raised to flag her down and ask her about her beanie - but she was too fast. So I had a look in the Ravelry pattern database for something similar but to no avail. All that remained was to make one of my own. This is the first attempt:
And I'm afraid it looks a tad like a tea-cosy. Or, at the very least, it doesn't look like hers.
Epic sadface :-(
And back to the drawing board.